Chelsea given August 28 deadline to complete Kai Havertz deal
Chelsea have reportedly been told by Bayer Leverkusen to wrap up a deal for Kai Havertz by August 28.
The Blues have been tipped to move for the highly-rated attacker for some time, and Chelsea’s pursuit of Havertz is expected to gather pace following Leverkusen’s exit from the Europa League.
Havertz himself is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, where he would link up with fellow attacking stars Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
However, with Leverkusen eager to end the protracted transfer saga before they report for pre-season, Bild reports that the Bundesliga outfit want a deal done in less than a fortnight’s time.
Chelsea and Leverkusen supposedly remain apart in their valuation of the 21-year-old, though, with the Blues looking to strike a deal for £70m while Leverkusen are refusing to budge on their £90m asking price.
The Germany international enjoyed a stellar 2019-20 season with Leverkusen, registering 18 goals and nine assists across all competitions.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City ‘battling for David Alaba’
Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly engaged in a three-way battle for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
While primarily a left-back, Alaba has played a key role in the heart of Hansi Flick’s defence this term, making 40 appearances across all competitions as Bayern bid to win the Champions League for the first time since 2013.
However, Alaba now has under a year left to run on his current deal with the Bundesliga champions, and the Austria international is understood to have turned down a new contract worth €15m (£13.5m) per year.
As a result, Sky Sports News claims Chelsea, City and United are all vying for the 28-year-old’s signature this summer.
The report claims that Alaba will make a final decision on his future upon the completion of Bayern’s Champions League campaign, with Flick’s side set to take on Lyon in Wednesday’s semi-final clash for a spot in the final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Barring one loan spell with Hoffenheim, Alaba has spent his entire professional career with Bayern, where he has amassed 31 goals from 384 appearances across all competitions since 2010.